With the New Year comes a group of educational and youth related laws in California, several of which will likely be challenged over the coming months due to their controversial nature.
Students from Delhi High School are getting extra assistance in preparing for college thanks to a federal grant received by the Center for Educational Partnerships at the University of California, Merced.
The California State Allocation Board recently disbursed $923.8 million to school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools for the construction and modernization of 377 schools, including a Turlock Unified School District $904,000 project at Roselawn High School.
The "Sounds of Christmas" filled Hilmar on Thursday when students from Elim Elementary delivered an unforgettable program for family and friends at Hilmar High's Strom Gym. So many cheerful visitors watched in wonder that there were three separate performances and at each one Strom Gym was packed to capacity. The Elim Elementary Band, Intermediate Band and Elementary Singers performed holiday classics such as "Deck the Halls," "Rocking Around The Christmas Tree," "Jingle Bells" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," followed by rousing dance performances from Elim's fourth and fifth grades.
The University of California, Merced will offer students at eight Valley high schools extra help in preparing for college.
Modesto Junior College will dedicate its two newest buildings – Glacier Hall and the Agriculture Center for Education – on Jan. 4.
The cuts keep coming to California's higher education system.
California State University, Stanislaus Department of Education students, faculty and families donated items to make literacy boxes, which included books, paper, pens, pencils, crayons, rulers, glue, erasers and puzzles. Department of Education Associate Professor Mary Borba and colleague Anne Weisenberg handed out about 108 literacy boxes to Wakefield students in an effort to promote reading and writing over the holiday break. Both Borba and Deisenberg encouraged the students to play school during the break.
Denair Elementary students prepared for the holiday break with a last run at fitness and a musical performance.
California State University, Stanislaus received funding to modernize its original science building, built in 1971. The 51,000 gross square foot Science I building was taken offline when the Naraghi Hall of Science opened at the campus in fall 2007. The building has seen very limited use since that time. The two-year renovation project will return the facility to use as classrooms, laboratory space and faculty offices that will house our growing nursing and social work programs. Construction is scheduled to begin Jan. 4, 2012.
The Yosemite Community College District will be reopening the position announcement for Modesto Junior College president. The YCCD president selection committee had been considering four finalists for the position and public forums were held with the candidates.
Teachers, staff and parents at Medeiros Elementary in Turlock teamed up with employees from Winton-Ireland, Strom & Green Insurance Agency to provide 14 needy students a holiday season with warm clothes on their backs.
Twenty little girls in the Turlock area will soon receive brand new holiday dresses, thanks to the efforts of Anne Cornell's fashion class at Pitman High School. On Tuesday, the dresses were picked up by Major Debbie Hood of the Salvation Army to be distributed during the organization's annual community Christmas lunch.
Walnut Elementary Renaissance kindergarteners and first graders put on a "Country Christmas" winter program for family, friends and faculty Tuesday night in the school gym. Parents were impressed with the ability to get dozens of five, six and seven year olds to stay still for the entire performance.
As today's world moves further down the technological and information super highway, knowledge of all things computer related has become a key component of success - not just academically, but in the workforce as well.
In the current days of technology where students are more likely to be sitting on a couch than playing kick-the-can in the street, Dustin Grein is an exception.
The third annual Festival on the Green is more than an opportunity to hear the student bands, orchestras and choirs of the Turlock Unified School District, it's an opportunity to make musical learning a reality for future students of the District.
In California alone there are over 70,000 student members in over 300 Future Farmers of America chapters, or FFA. On Monday 18 of those local graduating high school seniors were recognized for their contributions and potential in the agriculture industry by the Turlock Chamber of Commerce.
On a cool Friday morning, over 20 Dennis Earl Elementary students could be found winding their way down a foot trail near the edge of the Tuolumne River at Fox Grove Park. With their teacher and a local Turlock Irrigation District Fish and Wildlife representative hoisting an ice chest full of salmon, the students completed their good deed for the day by releasing the salmon they had raised into the river.
Sixth grade teacher Jamie Garner of Walnut Elementary missed school this week because she was busy shaking President Barack Obama's hand in Washington, D.C.
Too much of a good thing can exist, such as when classes at schools are overfilled with students which can impact the academic environment and the quality of learning. Fortunately, the Turlock Unified School District keeps track of trends and is planning for an increase in student enrollment in upcoming years.
Gov. Jerry Brown took a more literal approach to his latest state funding initiative, the Local Control Funding Formula which places more spending authority in the hands of local districts, by paying local public education officials a visit last week.
As Turlock Unified School District prepares for its first year under the new Local Control Funding Formula, 17 temporarily contracted teachers will be released from their positions at schools across the District.
The central quad of Turlock Junior High School was crowded with the school's student body of over 1,300 on Monday, who were joined by local and state dignitaries during a morning ceremony celebrating the selection of the local junior high school as a California 2014 School to Watch.
The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So they sat in the classroom all that cold, cold, wet day.
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